Birdline Victoria Update No. 61
For the week ending: 27 January 2002
The Long-toed Stint at Edithvale Wetlands should convince anyone who has
not been there to do so this weekend. As it happens I'll be there staffing
the hide on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm, so I'll look forward to meeting
loads of Birdline readers, and hopefully showing them the Stint, Baillon's
Crake (a tick for me!) and lots of other interesting birds.
Some recent changes have led me to decide that the site needs a revamp. I
would be grateful for anybody who has any suggestions for the site, that are
related to bird-watching in Victoria, to contact me and let me know. Thanks
to those people who have already made some really constructive suggestions.
A long-toed Stint was seen from the bird hide at the Edithvale Wetlands,
thanks Denise Moore.
A Dollarbird and an all white European Green finch were seen at Bushy Park
on the Avon River in east Gippsland, thanks Duncan Fraser.
Several Turquoise Parrots were seen at Cabbage Tree Creek, East Gippsland,
beside road about 1km east of Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, thanks
A Square-tailed Kite was seen on the Cape Conran Nature Trail walk, thanks
One Little Ringed Plover, apparently in breeding plumage, feeding at water's
edge on sandbar amongst a flock of 500 Red-necked Stints, at the Snowy
River, Marlo, adjacent to Little Tern breeding colony at river mouth, thanks
At Lakes Entrance there were three Lewin's Rails on the bank of the estuary
behind Eastern Beach Caravan Park near the bridge on Eastern Beach road, as
well as two Buff-banded Rails under the picnic tables at Burnt Bridge and
eight Nankeen Night-herons in the estuary at night at Eastern Beach, thanks
A waders for beginners trip to Werribee Sewage Farm produced some excellent
birds as usual including a Great-crested Grebe on Little River and a
Pectoral Sandpiper on the ponds north of South Rd and east of 15 East Rd,
thanks Joy Tansey.
A Rufous Songlark was seen bathing in a fishpond in suburban Mulgrave,
thanks Rae Gay.
35 Freckled Duck scattered across the southern end of the last lagoon before
Beach Rd (travelling south from Lake Borrie), this is immediately before the
locked gate, near the boat ramp at the end of Beach Rd, thanks Richard
A pair of Banded Lapwings were seen on private property west of the RAAF
base at Point Cook, chasing a Collared Sparrowhawk, thanks Chris Tzaros.
A Red-necked Avocet was seen on the side of the rocks of Rickets Point,
Beaumaris amongst 115 immature Crested Terns, thanks Alex Farias.
An Australian Spotted Crake feeding in mud at edge of rushes at Lakes
Entrance on the western side of the culvert at Eastern Beach behind the
camping ground, thanks Richard Alcorn.
A male Black Honeyeater has been heard calling frequently for two days at
Point Lonsdale in the vicinity of Kirks Road, thanks Rob Drummond.
A single immature Olive-backed Oriole was seen near Rickets Point, at the
corner of Reserve Rd and Beach Rd (in the bushes dividing the harbour and
the beach), thanks Alex Farias.
A single Caspian Tern has been seen frequenting the Glenmaggie Creek arm of
Lake Glenmaggie for two or three months, thanks Duncan Fraser.
7 Australian Pratincoles at Lookout Lake 16km South West of Lake Charm in
North West Victoria, thanks Chris Coleborn.
Freckled Ducks can be found on Johnsons and Herds Swamp near Cohuna, thanks
Chris Coleborn .
A pair of Swift Parrots were seen at Wurundjeri Walk in Blackburn South,
thanks Jack Krohn.
A Black-tailed Native-hen was seen on the Northern Shore (the place opposite
the botanic gardens where they are currently building a structure on the
lake side and where the only real habitat reaches the shore) of Lake
Wendouree in Ballarat, thanks Simon Mustoe.
At the Edithvale Wetlands along with the other Rails seen over the last
week, a Baillon's Crake was seen, as well as a Nankeen Night-Heron, thanks
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